March 15 –
August 15, 2021
Dear reader,

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy, despite these challenging times.

We'd like to send you some letters. When was the last time you got a letter in the mail?

We invited five poets, Julie Patton, Maya Abu Al-Hayat, Marcella Durand, Deborah Richards, and Rosa Alcalá to form a "chain letter."

Like the red thread that traverses Cecilia Vicuña’s work, these cumulative letters weave in and out, at once fragile and precarious, generative and sustaining. Poetry becomes a force connecting dispersed communities.

To start it off, we send a poem by Cecilia Vicuña and Gloria Anzaldúa's "Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers" (1980) to Julie. She then writes and sends a response to Maya, who sends a response to Marcella, and so on.

But we are also sending copies of each response to anyone who would like them. To you, for example?

If you would like to receive a copy of these letters, in the mail, please click here. And then, look for them in your mailbox every month or so between April and August 2021.

Warmly,

Tonya Foster, Denise Newman, and Frances Richard


This is the seventh event in our year-long season dedicated to thinking about our contemporary moment through the lens of Cecilia Vicuña's work.

A chain letter between Julie Patton, Maya Abu Al-Hayat, Marcella Durand, Deborah Richards, and Rosa Alcalá.

Ongoing, March 15 - August 15 2021

Sign up here to provide your mailing address and to receive each letter in the mail.

Gloria Anzaldúa, 1980
Gloria Anzaldúa, 1980


First page of Cecilia Vicuña, The Quasar, 2012
First page of Cecilia Vicuña, The Quasar, 2012